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Sao Paulo 'expects to approve' Chinese vaccine soon

2020-11-24 HKT 01:11
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  • A batch of the Sinovac vaccine arrives in Sao Paolo. Photo: Reuters
    A batch of the Sinovac vaccine arrives in Sao Paolo. Photo: Reuters
Sao Paulo Health Secretary Jean Gorinchteyn said on Monday he expects Brazil's regulator to approve the use of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac by January.

The Butantan biomedical research institute that is running the late-stage trials of the Sinovac vaccine in Brazil has now reached the minimum number of infected cases to register the vaccine, Gorinchteyn said at a news briefing.

Joao Gabbardo, head of Sao Paulo's Covid-19 contingency committee, said at the same event that he expects China's health regulator to approve Sinovac's CoronaVac in December, which could hasten approval in Brazil.

The Sinovac vaccine has been promoted by Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria, a move which has put him at odds with President Jair Bolsonaro who is a vocal China skeptic.

Bolsonaro has attacked the Chinese vaccine for lacking credibility and it remains unclear whether the federal government will include it in its national inoculation program.

Dimas Covas, director of Butantan, said on Monday that Brazil's health ministry now has all the information needed to include Coronavac in the national program.

The ministry said on Sunday it planned to sign non-binding letters of intent to buy vaccines from Pfizer, India's Bharat Biotech, the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Moderna and Janssen, a unit of Johnson & Johnson , but made no mention of Sinovac's candidate. (Reuters)